In short: We are the Brennans; Hurricane lizards and plastic squids; Boys Don’t Cry – the review | fiction


Tracey Lange
Pan Macmillan, £16.99, pp289

The Brennans are a close-knit Irish-American family, running a pub in small New York City. Five years ago, their eldest daughter, Sunday, fled to California, breaking up with her fiancé and leaving her family disoriented by her abrupt departure. Now she returns after a drunk driving incident and, along with her brothers and father, their individual secrets begin to unravel in this beautifully observed portrait of a dysfunctional family life.

Thor Hanson
Icon Books, £20, pp304

“Simply put, if bush crickets, bumblebees and butterflies can learn to modify their behavior, it stands to reason that we can too.” Thus begins Hanson’s fascinating exploration of climate change, exploring the adaptation of species in different habitats. Hanson is a biologist whose passion and expertise are very important here, as he combines personal observations – from sighting grizzly bears in Alaska to migrating macaws in Central America – with the latest scientific research into a lively, engaging assessment. and optimistic about the future of the planet.

Fiona Scarlette
Faber, £8.99, pp256 (paperback)

Joe is a promising student at a prestigious school. Her younger brother, Finn, was diagnosed with cancer. They live in a socially deprived apartment block in Dublin known locally as Jax, where local criminal Dessie Murphy intends to involve Joe, like his father, in illegal activities. Alternating between Joe’s and Finn’s perspectives, Scarlett paints a vivid, tender, and gripping story about brotherly love and heartbreak in this accomplished debut novel.

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